Eyeing investments, Srihari bats for private universities

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari has informed the House that the State government is in favour of private universities in the State as they will bring in investments.

 

The Deputy Chief Minister was replying to queries of the members during Question Hour on the private varsities bill and teachers recruitment. However, Srihari, who holds education portfolio, stated that the private universities bill may not be introduced this winter session. The private varsities will bring huge investments and we will encourage them, he maintained. Since private varsities do exist in 24 States, Telangana too will have them.

 

The State government is focusing on resolving the issue of students of Telangana facing problems related to admissions in others States which have different education policies. Stating that the government is ready to recruit teachers, he said that formation of new districts resulted in some problems related to appointment of teachers. “Of course, we are focusing on these problems and it is planned to give options to the teachers in the districts. SGT and School Assistant posts are of district level and a decision to recruit teachers is to be taken soon,” he added.

 

36 lakh people getting pensions

 

Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao has announced that the State government was giving various pensions to 35,92,134 people. The TRS government has given a total of Rs 9,651.39 crores to Aasara scheme since its inception.  

 

Responding to a question raised by TRS MLA Aroori Ramesh during Question Hour in the Assembly on Friday, Jupally said the government would spend Rs 25,000 crore for five years. He said the government was still receiving Aasara applications and the government was ready to extend the pensions for all the eligible persons.

 

Bhadrachalam MLA Sunnam Rajaiah demanded that the State government give pension to those crossed 50 years in tribal villages. He urged the government to solve the problem of finger prints. “Please solve the problem as soon as possible as the officials were not giving pension saying that the finger prints are not matching”, he said.

 

Cab drivers’ stir

 

The protest by cab drivers of Ola and Uber reached the Assembly on Friday with BJP leader Chinthala Ramchandra Reddy raising it in the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

 

The BJP member asked the State government to resolve the issues of the cab drivers, who were facing financial problems. The managements of Ola and Uber were forcing their drivers to work for 18 hours to 20 hours a day which was not possible and will have adverse effect on health. These drivers are not able to make better business and facing financial problem due to lack of income, he said.

 

Reacting to this, Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy said the State government was ready to look into the issue. “I will talk to the managements and drivers on protest”, the minister said. -NSS

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